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dc.contributorHaddad, Miraen_US
dc.contributorOweis, Theiben_US
dc.contributorAkramkhanov, Akmalen_US
dc.creatorZiadat, Feras M.en_US
dc.identifier.citationFeras M. Ziadat, Mira Haddad, Theib Oweis, Akmal Akramkhanov. (24/7/2015). Identification of potential areas for out-scaling sustainable land management options in West Asia, North Africa, and Central Asia. Istanbul, Türkiye.en_US
dc.description.abstractWater scarcity and land degradation are among the most important factors affecting agricultural production and sustainability in the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) region and in Central Asia (CA). Various sustainable land management (SLM) technologies that help conserve and better use natural resources and hence improve the incomes and livelihoods of farmers are available and being adapted to these regions. However, to achieve better adoption by farmers and to ensure positive results from implementation, the SLM technologies in WANA and CA need to be disseminated on a large scale. Identifying the potential areas to target the implementation of selected SLM practices is necessary to help decision makers and facilitate the out-scaling process. With participation of specialists from the National Agriculture Research Systems, three agro-ecosystems, rangeland, irrigated, and rainfed, were defined for the WANA region, and the mountain agroecosystem was added for CA. Each agro-ecosystem was represented by a benchmark site where selected SLM technology was demonstrated. In WANA, these benchmark sites included the water harvesting Vallerani system (contour ridges and semicircular bunds) for rangeland, water-saving (raised-beds and deficit irrigation) for irrigated, and supplemental irrigation for rainfed agro-ecosystems. In CA, sites included pasture improvement for rangeland, raised-beds for irrigated, conservation agriculture for rainfed, and agro-forestry for mountain agro-ecosystems. The criteria used to identify potential areas for out-scaling consisted of land use, slope, water resources availability, precipitation, degree of land degradation, livestock density, soil depth, soil texture, and soil salinity. Global spatial datasets, such as the FAO Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands project (LADA), soil data from the Harmonized World Soil Database (HWSD), and soil depth from the Soil Map of the World were used to derive the required database. Available national data provided by the participating countries were used as supplemental sources. The derived maps were validated and verified by an interdisciplinary team of experts and researchers from the countries in both regions. Verification of the maps derived at regional level – using low resolution data, with more detailed data for some countries – indicated that potential areas for out-scaling SLM could be generally identified. However, for implementation purposes and to derive the extent of the potential areas, detailed data at national level is needed. Yet, the results are useful to guide decision makers to first identify the extent and distribution of the potential areas for each SLM and agroecosystem and, second, to prioritize the implementation. This will help in the out-scaling of SLM options to improve productivity and resilience. pp. 358 - 363en_US
dc.publisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE )en_US
dc.sourceonference on Agro-Geoinformatics;(2015)en_US
dc.subjectbiophysical criteriaen_US
dc.subjectdecision support mappingen_US
dc.subjectknowledge disseminationen_US
dc.titleIdentification of potential areas for out-scaling sustainable land management options in West Asia, North Africa, and Central Asiaen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
cg.creator.idHaddad, Mira: 0000-0002-9450-1599en_US
cg.creator.idOweis, Theib: 0000-0002-2003-4852en_US
cg.creator.idAkramkhanov, Akmal: 0000-0002-4316-5580en_US
cg.subject.agrovocspatial analysisen_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerFood and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - FAOen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Fund for Agricultural Development - IFADen_US
cg.contributor.projectKnowledge Management in CACILM IIen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Africaen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Asiaen_US
cg.coverage.regionCentral Asiaen_US
cg.coverage.admin-unit(Tadla region in Morocco) with satellite sites in Tunisia and Algeriaen_US
cg.coverage.admin-unitthe Irrigated agro-ecosystem (Olden_US
cg.coverage.admin-unitMarginal and New lands in Egypt) with Satellite sites in Sudan and Iraq and the Badia agro-ecosystem (Al Majdyya and Al Maharib in Jordan) with satellite sites in Syria and Libyaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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